"By us walking in our truths, it can sometimes give the next person the courage to walk in theirs," she said
Janelle Monáe looked back on a year of professional and personal milestones while accepting the Trailblazer award at Billboard's 13th annual Women in Music ceremony at New York's Pier 36 on Thursday (Dec. 6).
“Being a trailblazer is about diving into spaces unseen and undiscovered,” Monáe said. “For me, that meant uncovering aspects of who I am in order to make spaces for others.”
The singer's critically acclaimed third studio album, Dirty Computer, arrived in April. That month, she also came out as queer in a Rolling Stone cover story. While finding a new path "often includes bitter battles with anxiety and depression [and] calls for blind faith and a good therapist," Monáe said, the opportunity to give back to her community makes it worth it: "I hope that by doing so I’ve created a little more light for someone trying to discover themselves."